Students in Hong Kong Answer Voting Restrictions With Boycott of Classes

Thousands of university students in Hong Kong boycotted classes on Monday to protest what they called encroachment on the city’s autonomy in the form of proposed voting rules, The New York Times reports.

New rules proposed by the Chinese government would give Beijing control over which candidates are eligible to campaign for the top post in Hong Kong’s government. Residents would vote directly to fill the position under the proposed policy, which would take effect in 2017.

The pro-democracy student protesters plan to stay out of class for a week.

HONG KONG – Thousands of Hong Kong university students abandoned classes on Monday to rally against Chinese government limits on voting rights, a bellwether demonstration of the city’s appetite for turning smoldering discontent into street-level opposition.

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Florida State U. Rethinks a Penalty for Its Controversial Star Quarterback

Florida State University suspended its controversial star quarterback, Jameis Winston, for Saturday’s game against Clemson University, according to reports by the Tallahassee Democrat and The New York Times, but it wasn’t known until late Friday night that Mr. Winston had been suspended for the entire game.

The university first said on Wednesday that in response to an incident on Tuesday, in which he allegedly stood on a table in the student union and shouted an obscene and sexually explicit re…


Rutgers Athletics Director Reportedly Made Off-Color Sandusky Joke

Rutgers University’s athletics director, Julie Hermann, apologized last week for fans who wore T-shirts making light of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University. But she apparently made her own off-color joke about the scandal during a staff meeting last fall, according to NJ Advance Media.

According to sources quoted in the news group’s report, the comment occurred as Ms. Hermann talked with a small group of staff members about “reaching out and touching the donors”…


What You Need to Know About Monday’s Student-Loan Default Rates

The U.S. Department of Education is scheduled to release today its annual cohort default rates, which describe what percentage of college graduates are defaulting on their student loans. Here’s what you need to know:

What’s new this year?

There is one big change. This is the first year colleges will be judged on a three-year default rate, measuring whether borrowers who began repaying their loans between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011, have defaulted. The department has been in the proc…


To Protect Athletes’ Health, City of Boston Enacts Safety Rules for NCAA Events

The Boston City Council on Wednesday approved safety regulations that will apply to all NCAA-sanctioned events held in the city, making it apparently the first city in the United States to enact laws aimed at protecting NCAA athletes’ health, CBS Sports reports.

The rules will be enforced by the city’s Public Health Commission. Under the rules:

  • Host venues must have emergency-medical-action plans in place.
  • Players may not return to competition after suffering a concussion or what is suspected t…

No Drone Flights Over Football Stadiums on Game Day, FAA Tells U. of Michigan

The University of Michigan won’t be delivering the game ball via drone during Saturday’s football game against the University of Utah. The university canceled that plan after federal aviation officials schooled it on rules for unmanned aircraft systems, as the small remote-controlled devices are called.

The original idea was to use a drone to fly a football into Michigan Stadium, the largest in college sports, as part of a celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of the university’s aerospace d…


Celebrity Support Dominates Kickoff of White House Sexual-Assault Campaign

The White House unveiled its “It’s On Us” sexual-assault awareness campaign on Friday morning, calling on all college students—and especially men—to do their part to stop rapes on campuses. The effort, which relies in part on the power of peer pressure, has already attracted vocal support in the way that only a White House campaign can.

President Obama set the tone on Friday with strong language on the issue. “Campus sexual assault is no longer something we as a nation can turn away from and say…


Education Dept. Imposes Financial Restrictions on ITT

The U.S. Education Department has placed financial restrictions on ITT Educational Services Inc., citing the company’s failure to submit financial statements by a mandatory deadline.

The for-profit education provider disclosed in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that the department had put it on “heightened cash monitoring” status, which restricts how it can receive student-aid funds. ITT warned investors in July that it might face financial restrictions over its …


Full-Time Faculty at College of DuPage Votes No Confidence in President

The union representing full-time faculty members at the College of DuPage, a community college in Illinois, has voted no confidence in the college’s president, the Daily Herald reports. The union’s president said Robert L. Breuder had “contributed to the creation of an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.”

Relations between full-time faculty members and Mr. Breuder have been strained since 2011, when contracts were last negotiated, a college spokesman said. He also pointed out that full-time faculty members constitute only 10 percent of the college’s employees.

The union representing College of DuPage’s 306 full-time faculty members announced Thursday a “no confidence” vote in the leadership of President Robert Breuder, blaming him for helping create “an environment of turmoil, distrust, fear, and intimidation.” But a college spokesman quickly dismissed the vote, citing long-running strained relations between the union and Breuder.

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Berkeley to Block Course Registration of Students Who Skip Sex-Assault Training

Students at the University of California at Berkeley who skipped a mandatory training session on sexual-violence prevention will be blocked from registering for spring classes until they make up the session, the campus’s chancellor told the university system’s Board of Regents this week.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, spoke at a meeting of the regents on Wednesday at which a task force presented a report with recommendations aimed at standardizing policies governing sexual assault across the…